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YOU 177


We live in a time that's both exciting and challenging. We need new ways to interconnect the dots of economic, ecological, physical and social health. Join us on a 7-Generation journey from dreams to legacy, from aspirations to action.

YOU 177 is a big-picture initiative that reframes the way we think and innovate to strategically empower and connect youth, adults, and elders of all ages and abilities for inspired lives in smart and caring communities on a tiny blue dot.


Can dreams change the world? Just think of those four famous words, "I have a dream…" A dream is the front end of a legacy. With the historic demographic shift to more people living longer than ever before, there's an untapped power in legacy we can use to multiply impact.

We can tap into what really matters for bold innovation to transform everything we do, from the way we live with each other and our planet to how we learn, do business, grow up and grow older.

1 World with 7 Billion People across 7 Generations – and YOU.

Start Your YOU 177 Journey

Start Your YOU 177 Journey

Building a 7-Generation World is a journey from dreams to legacy you can take as an individual, school, organization, or entire community. It begins with dream discovery and, using 7-Generation resources, moves into big-picture action through strategic legacy projects. Find out more about the YOU 177 journey

YOU 177 Lead Innovator Community – Toronto/York Region, image © Aladin66 | Dreamstime.com
Toronto/York Region is the global YOU 177 Lead Innovator Community
YOU 177 Lead Innovator Community – Whitchurch-Stouffville, Canada
Whitchurch-Stouffville in York Region, Canada is a pilot YOU 177 Innovator Community
The network of other YOU 177 Innovator Communities currently includes Austin, TX; Dallas, TX; Jacksonville, FL; Tempe, AZ; San Diego County, CA; Tulsa, OK
What People Are Saying

"Each of us has a role to play in shaping, helping, or harming the economic, social, and cultural ecosystems in which we live… Your 7-Generation Principles resonate with me so very strongly. The concept of 7-Generations clearly reminds us that decisions and choices we make have long-term impacts."
The Hon. Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, Canada

"I applaud this global mission. My mentor Margaret Mead, and her friend and mine Erik Erikson, did a lot to promote intergenerational interdependence. Your work follows on their legacy."
Dr. Wilton Dillon, Senior Scholar Emeritus, Smithsonian Institution

"This is an important and needed initiative at exactly the right time. It connects the dots in a way that can be truly transformational for all ages in our society and for our planet."
Dr. Harry R. Moody, Director of AARP Academic Affairs, Washington, DC

"I am delighted with these creative and powerful ideas!"
Shirley Gregory, Australia

"I'm amazed with all the extraordinary information I've found through you."
Maria Valls, Venezuela

"What an excellent idea!"
Charlotte Stripp, UK

"I am an advisor for the Ministry of Education in the United Arab Emirates, working on a nation-wide reform effort. This is a GREAT opportunity for new ideas and connections."
Barbara Rado Mosseau, United Arab Emirates

"Congratulations on an excellent initiative that will surely become an icon in cities across the country."
Pamela Pittman, U of Oklahoma

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Building a 7-Generation World

Drawing on the Aboriginal concept and putting it into a modern context based on a decade of multidisciplinary research, a 7-Generation approach is a bigger way of thinking and acting. It's what master storytellers call a Grand Narrative.

Building a 7-Generation World is about looking at lifetimes, from youth to old age, across generations – past, present, future. It's about bridging silos and issues.

In a complex, interconnected world, the solutions must be systemic and, in the words of John McKnight, a professor of education and social policy, they must ensure that "people prevail." Says The Hon. Jigmi Thinley, former Prime Minister of Bhutan which instituted the Gross National Happiness Index as a complement to GDP, "Society must reclaim its humanity."

Find out more about the YOU 177 journey from dreams to legacy – whether you're a young person or an older person, a school or an organization, even an entire community. The journey begins with dream discovery, using the power of story to find and share what really matters to you. 7-Generation Thinking resources then spark new ideas and help reframe what you're doing. Aspirations become action in a big-picture context through strategic legacy projects in all areas from health and social supports to education, the economy, and the environment. Legacy projects are the building blocks of 7-Generation community.

YOU 177 is led by the Legacy Project, a research, education and social innovation group, with collaborators around the world. You can tap into an extensive global network of resources, connect with others, and submit your legacy project to be recognized and eligible for support.

Big Picture

"We stand at a critical moment in Earth's history, a time when humanity must choose its future."
As all generations face complex, interconnected challenges, we're stuck in 20th Century thinking in a 21st Century world. But we have an opportunity – a historic global demographic shift that can catalyze strategic innovation and transformation for all generations across all issues. It's time to get unstuck. This is a moment in time when something big, something transformative can happen. Find out how big YOU 177 really is… more

Communiities Libraries

Cities can be key to global change. Community leaders can foster systems level innovation that also builds local resilience. As community needs grow and resources shrink, the demographic shift is a doorway into bigger thinking and transformative opportunities. YOU 177 is a tool to tap into the strength of whole-community engagement and a flexible framework for big-picture strategic action across all ages and issue areas… more

Modern libraries are unique in communities – they're independent, trusted, respected, open to all generations and to everyone of any socioeconomic status. In YOU 177, the library acts as a community convenor, catalyst, and cheerleader. The San Diego County Library system, named a Gale/LJ Library of the Year, and the Whitchurch-Stouffville Public Library are serving as models for other libraries, big and small… more

Youth/Schools Elders

Young people want their lives and learning to mean something, and they want to connect in a real way to the adults and bigger world around them. Educators can make schools empowered places of possibility for all. For schools and youth-serving organizations, YOU 177 is an evidence-based, flexible resource and a framework that can be used with any curriculum to build thinking and life skills, increase academic achievement, reduce dropout rates and bullying, empower teachers, and engage parents, grandparents, and neighbors… more

Older adulthood can bring needs that communities must meet, but also tremendous social capital that we often overlook. Today's elders can be Time Teachers, transforming how we see ourselves and our world. 70% of older adults say they want to create a positive legacy. For elders and elder-serving organizations, YOU 177 is a strategic framework for meeting needs while empowering older adults, even frail elders, and making the most of their wisdom, skills, and experience to the benefit of all ages. As we rethink getting older, we can bring richer meaning and purpose… more

YOU 177 is an international, big-picture, social innovation initiative. Stay updated by Following the Legacy Project on Twitter and sign up for the Legacy Project e-newsletter. If you have questions, call the Legacy Project at 1-800-772-7765 or e-mail us.

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